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Savage, Minnesota

Hamilton, Glendale
Savage, Minnesota
Official logo of Savage
Location of the city of Savagewithin Scott County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Savage
within Scott County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Scott
Founded 1852
Incorporated 1892
 • Mayor Janet Williams
 • Total 16.45 sq mi (42.61 km2)
 • Land 15.63 sq mi (40.48 km2)
 • Water 0.82 sq mi (2.12 km2)  4.98%
Elevation 722 ft (220 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 26,911
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 28,639
 • Density 1,721.8/sq mi (664.8/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55378
Area code(s) 952
FIPS code 27-58738
GNIS feature ID 0651242[4]
Website City of Savage

Savage is a suburban city 15 miles (24 km) south-southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Scott County in the State of Minnesota. The city is situated on the south bank of the Minnesota River in a region commonly referred to as South of the River, comprising the southern portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States. The population of Savage was 26,911 at the 2010 census.[5]

Minnesota State Highway 13 and County Road 42 are two of the main routes in Savage. Interstate 35W and U.S. Highway 169 are in close proximity to the city.

The landing point for Irish and Scottish immigrants in 1800, Savage has grown into a developing bedroom community, absorbing population growth from Burnsville, its larger neighbor to the east. Once a shipbuilding port for the U.S. Navy, Savage is now an industrial manufacturing job center in the southern metro.[6] The city is still relatively undeveloped, with sections of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve within its borders.

Previously named Hamilton after the city in Ontario, Canada, the town was renamed Savage after Marion Willis Savage who owned and trained the nationally celebrated racing horse Dan Patch.[7]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Schools 4
  • Government and politics 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


In the 17th century, French fur traders and explorers explored the Minnesota River valley. After 1750, Mdewakanton Dakota then settled at Chief Black Dog's camp—near what is now Black Dog Lake in Burnsville. Dakota used the Minnesota River valley region including present day Savage for fish, game, boating and camping.[8]

In 1852, traders established a small post at the confluence of the Credit River and the Minnesota River. William Byrne, who immigrated from County Kilkenny, Ireland to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1840, arrived in the area shortly after, via steamboat from Fort Snelling. Already established in business and trade, he and other Irish and Scottish settlers build Hamilton Landing, a port for boats, named after the city he immigrated to in Canada. The town incorporated in 1892 as the village of Hamilton.[9][10] Byrne later settled another nearby area which became Burnsville.

The Chicago Northwestern (present day Union Pacific Railroad) railway line reached the site in 1865, and in 1866 the town gained a post office. Hamilton became the crossroads of trade and service in the region with the Credit River, Minnesota River, the valley's wagon and road trails, and the rail line.[11]

The post office was later renamed Glendale Post Station in 1894 and formed Glendale Township to the west of Hamilton but was later consolidated with Savage in 1969.[12] The roughly 17 blocks of the late 19th-century town remain as Savage's downtown along Highway 13 (Minnesota).

In 1902, Minneapolis entrepreneur Marion Willis Savage purchased racing horse Dan Patch and trained and raced him at his farm in the limits of Hamilton. Dan Patch's notoriety grew as the horse began breaking speed records and with it the prestige of the town. In 1904 the townspeople renamed the community after Savage with the post office officially confirming.[13] In 1906 at the Minnesota State Fair, Dan Patch broke the world pacing mile record at 1 minute and 55 seconds, a record that remained unsurpassed for 54 years.[12]

During World War II, Savage was home to Camp Savage, a Military Intelligence School (MIS) language school, which taught Japanese to American military personnel. Established in 1942, the school trained with niseis and improved military intelligence of the time. It was later relocated to Fort Snelling and the camp is commemorated at Normandale College's Japanese garden.[14][15] At about the same time, Cargill, Incorporated, began building ships for the U.S. Navy at the newly constructed Meadowland Shipyard,renamed Port Cargill (former site of Hamilton Landing). To launch the ships, 14 miles (23 km) of the Minnesota River were dredged down to 9 feet (2.7 m) from Savage to the Mississippi River confluence. About 3,500 people were employed during peak production resulting in 18 auxiliary oil and gas carriers and 4 tugboats constructed. After World War II the port began shipping agricultural commodities.[6][14]

The towboat J.L. Fleming brings empty grain barges into Port Cargill on the Minnesota River, a tributary of the Mississippi River.

Savage remained undeveloped in the post-war housing boom, isolated by the Minnesota River and without a direct interstate connection. Lack of available construction materials in the immediate area also prevented development.[14] By the 1980s, with the upgrade of Highway 13 and construction of the Highway 169 Bloomington Ferry Bridge in 1996 across the Minnesota River, Savage's population finally boomed as one of the growing exurb cities with low cost greenfield land in the metropolitan area.[16][17] The citizens of Savage reclaimed some of their history in the early 21st century, when it relocated the displaced Savage Depot built in 1880 by the then Chicago, Minneapolis and Omaha Rail Road.[18]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.45 square miles (42.61 km2); 15.63 square miles (40.48 km2) is land and 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2) is water.[1] The city's northern boundary is the Minnesota River; its tributary the Credit River flows northwardly through the city.[19]


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 26,911 people, 9,116 households, and 7,222 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,721.8 inhabitants per square mile (664.8/km2). There were 9,429 housing units at an average density of 603.3 per square mile (232.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.6% White, 4.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 8.4% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population. The people of Savage are known as "Savages".

There were 9,116 households of which 47.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.8% were non-families. 14.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.31.

The median age in the city was 34.6 years. 31.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 5.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.1% male and 49.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 21,115 people, 6,807 households, and 5,717 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,326.9 people per square mile (512.4/km²). There were 6,994 housing units at an average density of 439.5 per square mile (169.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.65% White, 1.59% African American, 0.25% Native American, 5.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.63% of the population.

There were 6,807 households out of which 56.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.0% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 11.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the city the population was spread out with 35.6% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 43.5% from 25 to 44, 13.7% from 45 to 64, and 2.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $75,097, and the median income for a family was $79,244 (these figures had risen to $92,571 and $99,814 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $50,884 versus $35,824 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,858. About 1.9% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.


There are three school districts that serve the city of Savage. The three districts are:

There are three school districts in Savage.[22][23] A portion of Savage is located in the Bloomington School District, but no households are located within this area.[24]

The students of the Prior Lake-Savage District will attend Prior Lake High School which is located in Savage.

The students of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District will attend Burnsville High School which is located in Burnsville.

Government and politics

The current mayor is Janet Williams and the four City Council seats are occupied by Gene Abbott, Al McColl, Jane Victorey, and Christine Kelly.

Savage is located in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, represented by John Kline, a Republican, scoring 2.8% progressive on a range of issues[25] and 88% conservative based on 2006 House votes.[26]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  5. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder.  
  6. ^ a b Michael C. Robinson (18 December 1992). "Mobilizing the Waterways: The Mississippi River Navigation System" (PDF). U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. 
  7. ^ "Have you ever wondered where the City of Savage got its name?". City of Savage. 2006. 
  8. ^ "Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway". Explore Minnesota!. 2007. 
  9. ^ "History of Savage - The Beginning". The City of Savage. 2006. 
  10. ^ Richard Brooks (1976). "Byrnesville?". Burnsville '76, A History. Archived from the original on 1999-10-02. 
  11. ^ "Savage Depot History". Dan Patch Historical Society. October 14, 2007. 
  12. ^ a b "Guide to Savage". Southwest Newspapers. 2006. 
  13. ^ Nancy Huddleston (August 2006). "A One-Horse Town". Standardbred Canada. 
  14. ^ a b c "Savage in World War II". City of Savage. 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  15. ^ Bea Nordstrom (1976). "CAMP SAVAGE". Burnsville '76, A History. Archived from the original on 2009-07-31. 
  16. ^ Brandt Williams (June 21, 2006). "Census says suburbs, exurbs are big population winners". Minnesota Public Radio. 
  17. ^ Bloomington Ferry Bridge
  18. ^ Shira Kantor (April 6, 2005). "SAVAGE WANTS ITS PAST BACK". Copied from the Star Tribune by the Dan Patch Historical Society. 
  19. ^ Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.:  
  20. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  21. ^  
  22. ^ "Schools". Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Districts" (PDF). Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Fact Sheet". Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  25. ^ Grossman, Joshua. "ProgressivePunch Leading with the Left". All Issues. ProgressivePunch. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  26. ^ "ACU Ratings of Congress, 2006". American Conservative Union. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 

External links

  • Savage – City website
  • Prior Lake-Savage School District Website
  • Burnsville, Eagan, Savage School District Website
  • Savage Pacer
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